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Old 03-02-2017, 05:08 PM   #15
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We just use FRS radio's. I agree with other posters on here about CB being noisy and full of "bad actors" with foul language. I just dont want to deal with it. I have a CB in my jeep because during the trail rides they use channel 4 normally. If we are rolling in a convoy it's usually FRS just because then it's cheap and no licenses required.
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Old 03-03-2017, 02:53 AM   #16
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Radio use while driving.....

I have CB and HF/VHF/UHF in the MH and sometimes power them up while driving just to see what kind of activity there is. I also tow a vehicle with my call sign on the back so anyone who sees it is welcome to call on 52. I have heard about CB channel 13 usage but usually keep it on 19. My DW listens to music while I drive so I squelch the radios.

Glad others are out there, drive safely!
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:22 PM   #17
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The XYL & I have just now purchased our first RV, a Monaco Neptune 37' diesel pushed. I'm an old-school Extra, she's unlicensed. So that we can talk at distance, she got a GMRS ticket that covers the whole family. $65 for 5 years. Repeaters all over the place, 50 watt TX output limit, plus or minus any antenna system gain. Mygmrs.com lists repeaters sorta like ARRL repeater guide.
For now, I only get on HF when my smarter half, a/k/a She Who Must Be Obeyed, is at the wheel. With a vehicle height of 12'6", I only have a foot of vertical height to play with. I fashioned a short horizontal loop supported with ladderline standoffs, fed with ladderline to a modest MFJ 949 matcher. The roof is laid out gridiron style with 2" wide aluminum tape. 2" copper tape with conductive adhesive bridges the aluminum junctions for counterpoise
On UHF I monitor 446.000; 2M is on 146.52 and scans .55 and 58. GMRS listens on 462.675, which I believe was suggested as an emergency channel.
I hadn't heard about CB ch13 before because I've never had an RV before. I'll start listening there unless/until I see lots brake lights ahead.
Drive safe, all. Hope to talk down the road.
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Old 05-31-2017, 05:03 PM   #18
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I have tried to make contacts on 2 meters (while the YL was driving), but I quickly went out of range, and repeater activity is almost non-existant during the work day. I carry a Chinese HT if I remember to preprogram in the repeater info. I have never heard anyone on .52

CB seems almost dead for most RVers, so I do not do any communications while in motion. When parked for a few days, I pop up my Hustler antenna on the ladder and operate HF on my Yaesu FT-990.

Sad that there is no nationally recognized calling frequency on VHF, UHF or HF. I occasionally find other hams in my campground.
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..................Sad that there is no nationally recognized calling frequency on VHF, UHF or HF.................
Here you go. CALLING FREQUENCIESÂ*Â* HF To 6M -
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Old 06-01-2017, 07:55 PM   #20
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Sad that there is no nationally recognized calling frequency on VHF, UHF or HF.
Umm, hey, there's this thing called Google, and well, click this link:
https://www.google.com/search?q=US+h...ling+frequency
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My XYL (wife) KK4AGN uses "Dstar" digital communications while I drive. It is very entertaining for me to listen to the conversations she has from all over the world. No fading, no picketfencing clear as a bell but limited in frequency response (similar to old analog telephone speech range).
She talks into an ICOM 51A handheld transceiver at very low power. Then It is received by a tiny Adruino based PiStar ZoomSpot interface designed by Terry Tosser and send to her hot-spot on her cell phone via WiFi that goes all over the world over the internet to other hams on Dstar.
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You do know nobody has replied to this for over 2 years?
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Icom 51A is a great radio.
I'm a cheap B@$tard and won't turn on my cell data so RF for me only.
Seems they don't update the repeater list very often so nearest repeater option is somewhat limited.
Monitor 146.52 and APRS frequency.
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Never went in the direction of HAM Radio. Did for years long ago was very much into CB radios.
Some old knowledge I can share if anyone cares. A Good CB is one with fewer externals like an outside speaker and any knobs of ON-off volume and channel selections as this cuts down on output.
Best working antenna mounts on the rear passenger side as the radio wave reflects off the vehicle metal and cast out further in that direction. So the idea is to contact vehicles from on-coming lane to learn what's ahead of you as the range is short about 5-miles. A leaner Mike block outputs of others in range CB's.
Two twin antennas mounted 8'-foot apart work best for grater output forward and back.
If you have an SWR Mitter you can adjust for the best possible output and range.

So what's new and had changed in 50-years?
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You do know nobody has replied to this for over 2 years?
I do now ha ha
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I have tried to use my CB on channel 19 for the past five years and have had very little response from anybody, RVs or truckers. And yes, I do have an antenna tuner, so I believe it's working. I am just wondering with all the new electronic stuff, that people don't talk on the radios anymore ????

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We use the cb all the time caravaning with friends.
Much safer than cell phones imho.
One in the coach, one in the Jeep and one handheld with wx feature. I find they work much better than frs handhelds. Plus you can find them at yard sales for $5-10 bucks. Win Win 10.4
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We use the cb all the time caravaning with friends.
Much safer than cell phones imho.
One in the coach, one in the Jeep and one handheld with wx feature. I find they work much better than frs handhelds. Plus you can find them at yard sales for $5-10 bucks. Win Win 10.4
Anybody else out there that use a CB, or should I just throw my radio into the trash ?

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